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Our people

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Sam Downie

Sam Downie

CEO

Sam Downie

Sam Downie

CEO

Sam has an MA in Psychodynamic and Systemic Approaches to Leadership and 20 years’ experience developing and leading therapeutic services within charities. With a deep rooted commitment to ensuring organisations are both diverse and inclusive, Sam has led on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at regional and national level. Sam’s background as a research psychologist underpins her view that therapy needs to be effective at helping clients lead more fulfilling lives, and her approach to leading WPF Therapy is based in her personal and professional understanding of the power of good psychotherapy.

Ann Ruby

Ann Ruby

Executive Assistant

Ann Ruby

Ann Ruby

Executive Assistant

Ann brings to WPF Therapy over 15 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant working in high profile organisations, supporting senior level directors and boards of trustees. Ann is committed to seeing CEO’s and leadership teams excel because of the support and skills effective administration can give.

Fran Bristow

Fran Bristow

Director of Clinical Services

Fran Bristow

Fran Bristow

Director of Clinical Services

Fran started her career as a nurse.  She has more than 30 years’ experience of leading and managing NHS mental health services across South East London.  She joined WPF Therapy in July 2019, becoming Director of Clinical Services in May 2021.

Sheila Jones

Sheila Jones

Acting Director of Clinical Practice

Sheila Jones

Sheila Jones

Acting Director of Clinical Practice

Sheila Jones  is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. she also works as a Supervisor at WPF Therapy as well as a Senior Clinician. Sheila has also worked in the NHS over many years. Part of this work currently involves working with sick doctors. She also has a small private practice.

Julia Mullan

Julia Mullan

Head of HR

Julia Mullan

Julia Mullan

Head of HR

Julia is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has completed a master’s degree in human resource management. She has a wealth of HR experience across a range of business sectors including Not-for-Profit. She has a particular interest in occupational health and wellbeing.

Stephen Crawford

Stephen Crawford

Training Lead (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Supervision)

Stephen Crawford

Stephen Crawford

Training Lead (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Supervision)

Stephen Crawford BA (Hons), PGCE, is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (FPC and BPC) and has over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy and training.

Shirin Biria

Shirin Biria

Programme Manager, Foundation Level Courses

Shirin Biria

Shirin Biria

Programme Manager, Foundation Level Courses

Shirin is a BPC and UKCP accredited Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, whose academic and clinical training affiliations are with WPF Therapy, UCL and the University of Manchester. Outside her work at WPF Therapy, Shirin works as a Highly Specialist Adult Psychotherapist within NHS Secondary Care and has a private practice in central London.

Margaret Mykura

Margaret Mykura

Clinical Lead – Time Limited Clinic

Margaret Mykura

Margaret Mykura

Clinical Lead – Time Limited Clinic

Margaret is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Supervisor at WPF Therapy, with an interest in Time Limited Psychotherapy. She also works as a Seminar leader on the WPF Therapy Postgraduate Diploma with psychotherapists in training. Margaret has a background in working with mental health in the NHS,  in research and management. Margaret has also worked as a therapist with refugees and asylum seekers.

Caroline East

Caroline East

Open-Ended and Group Therapy Clinic Manager

Caroline East

Caroline East

Open-Ended and Group Therapy Clinic Manager

Caroline is a qualified psychodynamic therapist. She has over 20 years’ experience working for charities delivering psychological therapy as well as having her own private practice. She has also worked within NHS IAPT services in Essex and Surrey in managerial and operational roles. Caroline has a background in law and more recently has worked as the Administration Manager in private healthcare setting, developing and implementing customer service training and undertaking the role as GDPR lead across the hospital.

Mike Caton

Mike Caton

Senior Clinician

Mike Caton

Mike Caton

Senior Clinician

Mike is a Group Analytic Psychotherapist who trained at Goldsmith’s College. In addition to his Senior Clinician role he conducts analytic groups at WPF Therapy as well as being part of the training department where he convenes experiential groups on the Foundation and Postgraduate Diploma courses. Prior to working at WPF Therapy Mike worked as a manager within the voluntary sector treatment services. Outside his work at WPF Therapy Mike convenes reflective practice and staff groups within the helping professions and has a private practice.

Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons

Senior Clinician

Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons

Senior Clinician

Kysha Gordon

Kysha Gordon

Office Manager

Kysha Gordon

Kysha Gordon

Office Manager

Kysha has come to WPF Therapy from a hospitality management background where she has a diverse range of experiences.

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Training Support Lead

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Training Support Lead

Jennifer is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and has a small private practice. She has worked across a variety of roles, managerial, administrative and clinical within WPF Therapy. Jennifer enjoys working behind the scenes and relaxes with clay. Continually excited by the latent promise of each ball of clay she works with, and the journey they go on together to realise potential – much like each student and trainee.

Meera Sehdeva

Meera Sehdeva

Initial Consultation and Fixed Term Clinic Manager

Meera Sehdeva

Meera Sehdeva

Initial Consultation and Fixed Term Clinic Manager

Meera has worked in the charity sector for over 12 years. Her experience includes forensic mental health, substance misuse, homelessness, criminal justice, domestic abuse, education, training, and employment. She has a BA in Criminal Justice and has in-depth management experience. She is also a counsellor in training.

Kate Trench

Kate Trench

Head of Clinical Training

Kate Trench

Kate Trench

Head of Clinical Training

Kate is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor. She started her career as a therapist with a training at WPF Therapy. She has 15 years’ experience of private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist and has worked with families and children as a school-based practitioner.